Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:
May 1st, 7pm – Nick Monday @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)
Meet Nick Monday, the private detective in S. G. Browne‘s Lucky Bastard (Gallery). As San Francisco’s infamous luck poacher, Nick doesn’t know whether his ability to swipe other people’s fortunes with a simple handshake is a blessing or a curse. “With twists aplenty, this fast-paced adventure succeeds as both a hard-boiled homage and a paranormal romp” (Publishers Weekly).
May 1st, 7:30pm – Ron Rash @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
In The Cove (Ecco), Ron Rash returns to Appalachia, this time at the height of World War I, with the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at war. This lyrical, heartrending novel, as mesmerizing as Rash’s award-winning Serena, shows once again a masterful novelist at the height of his powers.
May 2nd, 7:30pm – Amy Waldman @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
The Submission (Picador), now out in paperback, was named one of NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011. Set 10 years after 9/11, Amy Waldman‘s piercing and resonant debut offers a kaleidoscopic reimagining of the aftermath, a striking portrait of a fractured city striving to make itself whole.
May 3rd, 7:30pm – Chimamanda Adichie @ Arlene Schnitzer ($42)
Named this year by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best writers under 40, Adichie’s books include Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck. In 2008 the MacArthur Foundation awarded her their acclaimed “Genius Grant,” saying, “Adichie’s powerful rendering of the Nigerian experience is enlightening audiences both in her homeland and around the world.”
May 3rd, 7:30pm – Christopher Narozny & Kirby Gann @ Powell’s Hawthorne (free)
Narrated by a one-handed juggler who moonlights as a drug trafficker, a talented young boy who longs to escape the shadow of his abusive father, and a police inspector whose overzealous efforts to solve a murder result in a series of calamitous missteps, Christopher Narozny‘s Jonah Man (Ig Publishing) is a novel that explores the dark side of life behind the curtain in 1920s vaudeville. Kirby Gann‘s genre-subverting literary mystery, Ghosting(Ig Publishing), is both a simple quest for the truth and a complex consideration of human frailty.
May 5th, 10a-12pm – Saturday WRITE! (free)
- All workshops will be held 10am – Noon. Locations listed below.
- Journals, pens and light snacks provided.
- Facilitators will lead participants through writing prompts and exercises. No experience necessary.
- Adults welcome at all locations.
- Youth welcome at workshop #3 (grade 4 or higher).
- Workshops #1-3 will be held in English, and workshop #4 will be held in Spanish. [Los tallares 1-3 se presentarán en inglés. El taller 4 se presentará en español.]
- Location #2 will include one workshop facilitated in American Sign Language (ASL)
- Workshops are ADA-accessible. Call 503.796.9224 if you need specific accommodations.Pre-registration is required:
Call 503.796.9224 or firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- your name
- your phone number
- the workshop location you would like to attend
1. Eastminster Presbyterian Church
12505 NE Halsey St, next to Bi-Mart, TriMet #77 bus line [MAP]
2. Mercy Corps Action Center
45 SW Ankeny St, near Saturday Market, MAX Red & Blue lines—Skidmore Fountain Station. This location includes one workshop facilitated in American Sign Language (ASL). [MAP]
3. Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney St, 2 blocks from the 18th and Lovejoy Streetcar stop. This location includes workshops for adults and also for youth, grade 4 or higher. [MAP]
4. Teatro Milagro/Miracle Theatre
Taller ofrecido sólo en español (this workshop held in Spanish only).
Juntese con Write Around Portland para un taller de escritura creativa gratis el Sábado, 5 de mayo. Se estarán disponibles cuadernos, plumas y meriendas para los participantes. Pueden venir adultos.
537 SE Stark, Portland, la entrada queda en la esquina de SE 6th y SE Stark, TriMet autobús #6, #15 y #70. [MAP/PLANO]
Si quiere apuntarse: mande un correo electrónico email@example.com con su nombre, su número de teléfono.
May 5th, 12pm – Women Who Made History @ Graham’s Book & Stationery (free)
Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, Mother’s Day and the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in Oregon during an author event showcasing five local women and the histories they have recorded. Enjoy coffee and conversation with Marylou Colver (author of “Lake Oswego Vignettes”), Claire Kellogg (“The Diary of Will Pomeroy”), Alicia Yokoyama (“In Their Own Words”), Jude Graham (“Cooking up Oswego Memories”) and Claire Oliver (“Chronicles of Lake Oswego”). 460 Second St. Lake Oswego, OR 97034
May 5th, 2pm – Joelle Anthony & Holly Cupala @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)
From Joëlle Anthony, author of Restoring Harmony, comes the teen novel The Right and the Real (Putnam), which follows 17-year-old Jamie after she is kicked out of the house for refusing to join the church of the Right and the Real and must find a way to survive on her own. In Holly Cupala‘s novel Don’t Breathe a Word (Harper Teen), Joy is suffocating from severe asthma, overprotective parents, and an emotionally-abusive boyfriend when she escapes to the streets of nearby Seattle and falls in with a “street family” that teaches her to use a strength she didn’t know she had.
May 6th, 12-7pm – Broadway Books 20th Anniversary (free)
Celebrating 20 years as a small independent bookseller with cake, photos, sales and contests.
May 6th, 4pm – Student Anthology Reading @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
Each year, students and teachers throughout the watersheds of Oregon and beyond submit poems, essays, or artwork to be featured in the annual collection Honoring Our Rivers. In celebration of the 12th year of publication, students from across the state will be honored and have the opportunity to present their work alongside professional authors and artists.
May 7th, 7:30pm – Leonard Mlodinow @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
In Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (Pantheon), physicist Leonard Mlodinow, coauthor of The Grand Design with Stephen Hawking, gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world. Employing his trademark wit and lucid, accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects, Mlodinow unravels the complexities of the subliminal self, increasing our understanding of how the human mind works and how we interact with others. Cosponsored by the OHSU Brain Institute.
May 8th, 7pm – Open Poetry Night @ Walters Cultural Arts Center (free)
Informal group of readers and listeners. Join in. 527 E. Main St. Hillsboro, OR 97123
May 9th, 6:30-8pm – Waking Finn MacCool @ Northwest Library Meeting Room (free)
Finn MacCool was a poet and a warrior. He made magic with words and mayhem with weapons and lived by the old code: “Never give a sword to a man that can’t dance.” William Kennedy Hornyak brings Ireland’s beloved folk hero to life with a storytelling performance for mature audiences.
May 9th, 7-8pm – LHS WITS Students Read at Portland Art Museum (free)
Join Lincoln High Schools students as they read their work at the Portland Art Museum Miller Gallery. This is a Writers in the Schools end-of-residency reading open to the public.
May 10th, 7pm – Maureen McQuerry @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)
Maureen McQuerry‘s The Peculiars (Amult) is a dark adventure that will captivate teen fans of steampunk and fantasy. On her 18th birthday, Lena decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics.
May 10th, 7:30pm – Joyce Carol Oates @ the Portland Art Museum ($5 students, $15 general)
The celebrated author and National Book Award winner receives Oregon State University’s inaugural Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in May. The award will be presented to Oates at this event and includes an onstage interview with Oates. Reception and book-signing follow. In the Fields Ballroom.
May 11th, 6:30pm – Amy Stewart @ First Unitarian Church ($10)
PSU and Tin House welcome the award-winning author of five books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. 1011 SW 12th.
May 11th, 7pm – Independent Publishing Resource Center Grand Reopening (free)
Cheryl Strayed and Trinie Dalton share work, and live music, tours and demonstrations. 1001 SE Division.
May 13th, 2-4pm – How To Hide Things in a Book @ Central Library, US Bank Room (free)
You can’t judge a book by its cover, and these deceptive books certainly aren’t what they seem. Mystery craft writer Shawn Bowman will show you how to construct secret spaces in worn-out books. Perfect for storing phones, valuables and other treasures, decoy books are a fun and practical way to hide things in plain sight. All materials provided. Registration required: Log in or create an account to sign up for this event and to manage future signups.
May 16th, 7pm – “A Decade of War” @ Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (free)
Andrew J. Bacevich, International Relations and History, Boston University, and retired career officer in the U.S. Army. Bacevich is the author of “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War” (2010) and “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” (2008). Bacevich will address several urgently important questions: “More than a decade into the ‘Global War on Terror,’ where has that conflict taken us? What has it achieved? What has it cost?” 147 NW 19th.
May 17th, 7:30pm – Kevin Wilson @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade, Buster and Annie are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but the chaos and confusion of their childhood. Written with wit and honesty, Kevin Wilson‘s The Family Fang (Ecco) is “a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour de force….The best single-word description would be genius” (Ann Patchett).
May 17th, 7:30pm – The Man Who Quit Money @ Powell’s Hawthorne (free)
In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings — all 30 dollars of it — in a phone booth. He has lived without money, and with a newfound sense of freedom and security, ever since. A Walden for the 21st century, Mark Sundeen‘s The Man Who Quit Money (Riverhead) is an account of how one man learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent.
May 20th, 1-3pm – Edible Wile Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate @ Central Library, US Bank Room (free)
In this presentation, Dr. John Kallas shows how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your own kitchen. Kallas is the author of Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate, the first book to make wild foods understandable and usable by the general public. He makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you’ve unknowingly passed by all your life and gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying these foods.
May 21st, 7:30pm – Augusten Burroughs @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the ’70s to enjoying a highly successful advertising career in the ’80s to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the ’90s to having a bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation, and everything in between. This Is How is Burroughs’s no-holds-barred book of advice, told with his unique voice and black humor; it’s Running with Scissors — with recipes.
May 25th, 10:30-12:30pm – Using the Oregonian Historical Archives @ Central Library, Computer Room (free)
Learn tricks and techniques for getting the most information possible from the Oregonian Historical Archives database. This new resource is amazing for finding obituaries, death and funeral notices, and can be a great source for researching your house history. This hands-on class will include lots of practice time, both during and after. More information http://www.multcolib.org/ref/a2z.html#O
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